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Day Trips Organiser:  Colin Sherwood    trips@yant.org.uk

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Photos and descriptions of previous years' holidays

2014 - 2017 - 2018

Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nr Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Forthcoming Day Trips

On all trips the day trip leader will carry mobile phone No. 07960 710975.

Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend.

We have tight schedules and try not to delay our departure.

Visit to Barnsdale Gardens and Cruise on Rutland Water

Tuesday 26th June, 2018

Our June trip takes us south down to Rutland, England’s smallest and arguably prettiest county. This county certainly lives up to its motto of “Multum in Parvo” which means “Much in Little”. We will be visiting Barnsdale Gardens, designed by Geoff Hamilton, who presented BBC Gardener’s World from 1979 until his death in 1996. When Hamilton bought the property in 1986 it was a Victorian farmhouse with 5 acres of pastureland. Most of the land was ploughed up, one or two mature trees and shrubs were transplanted from his former home, and then under the gaze of millions of television viewers, Hamilton transformed the area into the beautiful gardens, which you see today. These award-winning gardens showcase 38 individually themed garden “rooms” including a rose garden, Japanese garden, rock garden, fruit garden, kitchen garden, bog garden and orchard.

In the afternoon we will take a relaxing cruise aboard the Rutland Belle around Rutland Water, one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. The Gwash Valley near Emphingham was dammed in 1975 leading to the formation of a reservoir which now provides a water supply to one of the driest and most densely populated areas of the UK. Rutland Water is surrounded by pretty countryside which offers a haven for wildlife and boasts a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Nature Reserves and important wetland sites.

Our first visit will be to Barnsdale. After a short introduction, you will be free to wander on a self-guided basis around the gardens, plant nursery and gift shop. An included light lunch of sandwiches, cakes, tea/coffee will be served in the Tea Room.

Please note that most of the gardens are easily accessible and there is plenty of seating provided. Care should be taken, as there could be slippery surfaces and uneven ground. RHS Members are not eligible for a discount at Barnsdale.

The coach will depart at 2.30pm for the very short drive to Whitwell Harbour for the cruise on Rutland Water. The Rutland Belle accommodates 110 passengers with seating both inside and on deck. The boat is equipped with toilets and drinks are available on an individual basis. The cruise, with commentary, will last approximately one hour. Please note that there will be a gangway and steps to negotiate onto the boat.

Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.00am and Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 8.15am. The journey time will be around 2.5 hours with a coffee and comfort stop on the way. The coach will depart from Whitwell Harbour around 4.15pm. There will be a short comfort stop on the way back and the estimated arrival time in York will be between 6.30pm-7.00pm

The cost of the trip is £36, which includes coach hire, entrance to Barnsdale Gardens and light lunch, a cruise on Rutland Water and coach driver’s gratuity.

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Visit to Haworth and The Piece Hall, Halifax

Wednesday 18th July, 2018

Our July trip takes us westwards to the picturesque village of Haworth. Located on the edge of stunning Yorkshire moorland, the Brontë Parsonage was the former home of probably the world’s most famous literary family. Today a museum, the house offers an insight into the daily lives and interests of the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne. The rooms used by the family are largely unchanged and contain furniture, clothes, personal possessions and even a range of domestic artefacts. There will be an opportunity to visit the adjacent parish church where most of the Bronte’s are interred in the family vault. The village itself has a number of other places of interest associated with the family, not to mention a number of quirky and unusual shops.

In the afternoon we shall continue our journey to Halifax to visit The Piece Hall. Located in a former textile town, this unique monument served as a central market place where buyers and sellers could meet to exchange goods. The name refers to the lengths of cloth that were sold; “a piece” being 30 yards long. Built on four sides, the colonnaded galleries originally housed 315 rooms, which are now filled with shops, cafés, bars and a heritage centre. The site also hosts a number of events throughout the year such as musical concerts, street theatre and food and drink festivals. The Piece Hall recently underwent a £19 million conservation and transformation programme. Calderdale Council funded the work with a £7 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Now operated by an independent body, the Piece Hall Trust, this fascinating example of industrial heritage has been brought back to life as a vibrant community hub.

Our first stop of the day will be in Haworth. On arrival, light refreshments will be served at The White Lion, after which there will be the included visit to the Brontë Parsonage. This will be on a free flow basis. Please note that the rooms and exhibition space are on two floors and there is no lift. There are no toilet facilities at The Parsonage. There will then be free time to explore the village before lunch is served at The White Lion. This one-course 8 lunch consists of braised blade of beef, mashed potato, root vegetables and onion gravy. The vegetarian option is spinach and ricotta cannelloni with mixed salad and garlic bread. If choosing the vegetarian option, please make sure you tick the relevant box on the Booking Form. Please note that there is a short distance to walk from the coach park into the village centre and that the streets are cobbled with a lot of uneven ground. Sturdy footwear is recommended.

The coach will depart at 2.15pm for the short drive to Halifax (about 25-30 minutes). On arrival at The Piece Hall there will be a guided tour of the building for about one hour, after which there will be some free time to explore the shops. There are toilets and cafes on site; any refreshments taken will be on an individual basis. Please note that The Piece Hall is on several floors but lifts are available.

Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.30am and Middlethorpe Drive, Dringhouses, at 8.45am. The journey time is about 1.5 hours. The coach will depart from Halifax at 5.00pm and estimated arrival time back in York at 6.30pm. This is an estimated time as traffic on the M62 can be heavy in the early evening.

Cost £36.

The day trip leader will carry mobile phone no. 07960 710975. Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend. We have tight schedules and we try not to delay our departure.

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Visit to Hexham Abbey and Vindolanda

Tuesday 21st August, 2018

This month we will be journeying north to Hexham Abbey and the Roman Fort of Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall. In the morning we will visit Hexham Abbey, one of the earliest seats of Christianity in England. There has been a church on the site since AD674 when Queen Etheldreda granted land in Hexham to Wilfrid, Bishop of York. Remarkably, the original C7th Saxon crypt still survives and can be accessed via a narrow staircase. Wilfrid established a Benedictine Abbey, which became one of the most prosperous in England. Superseded by the Augustinian Order in the C11th, the priory church, built between 1170 and 1250, still survives today. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537, the church continued as the parish church for Hexham 9 and remains today as a centre for community worship. In 2014 a £3 million project was carried out to restore the medieval monastery complex and to create a visitor exhibition centre, function and meeting rooms.

In the afternoon we will visit the Roman Fort of Vindolanda, which was an important Roman base during the time of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. Dating from between the late 70s and mid 80s, this site continued to be occupied long after the Romans left Britain. It was finally abandoned in the C9th. Archaeological excavations have yielded some of the most exciting discoveries from Roman times. These include thousands of artefacts such as shoes, textiles, wooden goods and, most importantly, writing tablets. Writing tablets were small postcard sized pieces of wood, which were covered with writing. They are some of the earliest examples of written material from Western Europe. The tablets reveal Roman life in all its glory; demands for beer, invites to parties, requests for holidays and even rude names for the Britons. During the course of our visit, there will be an opportunity to see these tablets displayed in “Vindolanda Museum” along with other fascinating finds from the fort. For the last forty-five years, Vindolanda has been a ”live” archaeological site during the summer months and 2018 is no exception. You will have a chance to watch this year’s archaeologists at work and see what interesting discoveries are being made.

Our first visit of the day will be to Hexham Abbey. On arrival, we will have a guided tour of the church and exhibition, which will last about one hour. This will be followed by lunch in the Priory Buildings. Lunch will be a selection of sandwiches and cakes, plus tea and coffee. Please note that, whilst the church is fully accessible, should you wish to visit the Saxon Crypt, there is a very steep stairway.

The coach will depart at 1.45pm for the short journey to Vindolanda (about 20-25 minutes). On arrival, there will be a 20-minute introductory talk after which you are free to explore the remains of the fort, archaeological dig and museum. There are toilets and a café on site – any refreshments to be taken on an individual basis. Please note that the site is mainly on the flat but there could be uneven ground and slippery surfaces. Sensible footwear is recommended. Vindolanda is owned by a Private Trust and is not part of English Heritage.

Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.00am. The journey time will be around 3 hours with a comfort and coffee stop. The coach will depart from Vindolanda at 4.30pm and estimated arrival time back in York at 7.30pm.

The cost of the trip is £36, which includes the coach hire, entrance and guided tour of Hexham Abbey, lunch, entrance and introductory talk at Vindolanda and coach driver’s gratuity.

The day trip leader will carry mobile phone no. 07960 710975. Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend. We have tight schedules and we try not to delay our departure.

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Mystery Tour

Tuesday 11th September, 2018

This year’s Mystery Tour is another interesting route through beautiful countryside, which includes coffee in an historic setting at 11am and lunch in a scenic village at approximately 1.15pm.

Cost £35 and booking form with details is available using the Button below.

Ingleby’s Coach leaves Memorial Gardens at 9.20am and Middlethorpe Drive at 9.45am. Return to York by 4.30pm approximately.

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